Written by Manuel Iris, Writer-in-Residence, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library
Our 2023 Writer-in-Residence, Manuel Iris, is a poet, essayist, and teacher. Attend his upcoming workshops and writers' office hours. And, listen to him as host of CHPL's "Inside the Writer's Head" podcast.
Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month, three special episodes of "Inside the Writer's Head" will be published entirely in Spanish and featuring prominent Hispanic authors. Don't miss an episode of "Inside the Writer's Head" and all of CHPL's podcasts by subscribing on Spotify, Google Podcasts, or Apple Podcasts.
In this episode, Manuel Iris talks with poet and academic Rossy Evelin Lima-Padilla. Rossy shares how she crossed the border as an undocumented minor. Her struggle with the English language, and how her love for writing, literature, and community, gave her the strength to become a poet and professor in the United States.
About Rossy Evelin Lima-Padilla
Rossy Evelin Lima-Padilla is a United States-based Mexican writer, scholar, translator and activist. She has published her work in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies in Europe, North America and South America. Lima was recognized by the 2014 International Latino Book Awards for her work on Ecos de barro (2013). In 2015, she was recognized in Venice for her poem, Citlalicue with an International poetry award (Premio Internazionale di Poesia Altino). She was awarded the Orgullo Fronterizo Mexicano award given by the Institute for Mexicans Abroad in 2016. In 2017, she was awarded first place in the Concorso Internazionale di Poesia La Finestra Eterea in Milan in 2017. Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera, wrote that Migrare, mutare (2017) is "A magnificent set of poems, in a most appropriate time."
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